The Cleveland Indians are hotter than any other team in baseball. On Thursday night, the Indians won their 13th straight game.
The Indians lead the American League Central by 6 games over the defending World Series Champion Kansas City Royals.
The Indians current streak matches the record for the franchise set in 1942 and equaled in 1951.
The Indians were 22-6 during June. That is the best month for the Indians since they were 26-6 in August of 1954.
The Indians could play their final 84 games of the regular season at 42-42 and still be 90-72, which could be sufficient to win the AL Central. Kansas City needs to finish the season 48-36 to end their campaign at 90-72.
During the current winning streak, the starting pitchers for the Indians have a combined ERA of 1.86. The opposition has 55 hits in the 97 innings the Cleveland starters have pitched in the 13 games.
Cleveland has been the first to score in 10 of the 13 wins and has scored during the first inning 7 times out of 13. Cleveland this season is 36-7 when they score first. Cleveland has outscored its opponents during the streak by a combined 80 to 26.
The winning streak by Cleveland is the longest in the American League since 2002 when the Oakland Athletics won 20 straight games during late summer.
Relievers for Cleveland have an ERA of 1.29 during the winning streak though they have only 21 total innings over the 13 games. During that stretch, the relievers have 29 strikeouts and just 6 walks.
In the win on Thursday, starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco struck out 14 batters. Over the past 40 seasons, just four pitchers for Cleveland have had 14 strikeouts or more in a game. Carrasco has two of them, while current teammate Corey Kluber has four.
Cleveland has hit 24 homers during its current winning streak with Juan Uribe hitting 5 of them to lead the team.
The Indians are trying to follow up on the success of another professional sports franchise based in Cleveland. The Cleveland Cavaliers became the first Cleveland pro sports franchise to win a title in over 50 years when they beat the Golden State Warriors last week in the NBA Finals.
The Major League Baseball season is just half over and the Indians have 84 games left to play. Nevertheless, the Indians are the talk of baseball now and have the combination of pitching and hitting that could take them deep into the postseason.